This is the first of many writing myths I plan on busting. I hope this series will help other aspiring writers shake off the feeling that they aren’t good enough to be a writer. News flash: If you write, you’re a writer. If you think about writing, or come up with cool stories in your head, you are a writer.
The first myth I’d like to bust is the idea that a successful writer is one who has a degree in literature (or English in general, for that matter). If you don’t believe me, here’s a list of famous writers who have not majored in English:
- MAYA ANGELOU
- MARK TWAIN
- KURT VONNEGUT
- HG WELLS
- JACK LONDON
- HARPER LEE
- CHARLES DICKENS
- JK ROWLING
- WILLIAM FAULKNER
- JOHN GRISHAM
And there are so many more. If this doesn’t prove that you are not required to spend tons of money and time going to college to be a successful writer, then read on.
I know I have already posted something discussing my decision to go to college and major in English. For me, that would be killing two birds with one stone. I am going, in fact, to get a career teaching English to others.
Trust me, if it wasn’t for that, I would not be setting foot in college at all. As I already let everyone know, college is not normally my “cup of tea”. But I had no choice but to swallow my pride and take that leap, as my career depends on it.
But if writing was the only thing in sight for me, I would definitely not be wasting my energy with school. There are tips and tricks everywhere, books that can be read, blogs that can be followed (like mine). Most of what I have learned about creative writing, so far, has come from these along with my peers.
For some, writing comes naturally. All some of us have to do is come up with an idea and put it down on paper, worrying about grammar and literary tactics down the line. Some of us are able to just take an idea and turn it into something everyone will want to read. For others, this comes with a lot of thought and effort.
If you feel like you may need some coaching, however, one of the biggest helps is to join a writing group in your area or even on social media. This is a great way to get your ideas out there in a hopefully safe place where you can receive all the constructive criticism you can handle. In exchange, read some of their works and try to give your thoughts.
Sometimes, in this day and age, we forget we have the world wide web at the tip of our fingers. Here, you can find character creating tips, setting description advice, and much more. There are also resources for FREE online writing courses. At the very least, you can purchase a single online course.
But no one, under any circumstances, is required to get a degree to be a successful writer. I hope these tips help empower those underground authors who are afraid to emerge because they don’t have the credentials. This world is too focused on titles. They mean nothing after everyone is under the dirt. It’s time to change this in the writing world.
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